Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race

30 January – 7 February 2021


Join the 2021 Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race on ‘Merit’


Race onboard the Volvo 60 ‘Merit’

in the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race

Be part of the crew on a thoroughbred racer – you’ll be fully involved in sailing the boat.

What an opportunity to bring one or two (or more!) of your clients, or just come and connect with other business owners, and stretch yourself in a completely new direction.

You’ll spend January 24-28 2021 getting top-quality training from our team of instructors.

Then on January 30, you’ll be racing.

Only 14 Spaces Available

Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race

The race will start on Sydney Harbour on 30 January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time to help the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary and enjoy the 36th America’s Cup.

This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, superyachts and ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers. This is the biggest ocean race on our calendar at 1250 nautical miles, and it’s about twice the length of the Sydney Hobart.

Less people have sailed across the Tasman Sea than have climbed Mount Everest.

So, if you’re looking for a proper challenge, this is it. Get on board ‘Merit’ for the adventure of a lifetime!

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • 5 days’ training – January 24-28, 2021
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Food, non-alcoholic drinks

PRICE: $9,730 inc. GST

The training camp

Five days of intense training, covering all the basics of sail handling and yacht racing. This program includes a 500 nautical mile qualifying passage, which will include 3 days and 2 nights of continuous sailing.


Your Skipper

Owner/Skipper Michael Schwarzel holds a Royal Yachting Association Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate and is a qualified sailing instructor.

Experience? He’s crossed oceans, won trophies, dealt with those moments at sea you’d rather avoid, plus rebuilt ‘Merit’ almost from scratch after Cyclone Debbie. With his ‘plan, prepare, execute’ approach, even novices feel safe and have an excellent time participating on board.


“Wow! … Thank you for the experience of a lifetime.”

Ric Haydock

The Moreton Group

“I’d never been sailing before, much less on a vessel built for speed. What a truly enjoyable experience.”

Matt Giannini

“Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience offshore yacht racing at its best.”

Phil Killian

*** Credit for the images of The Moreton Group on ‘Merit’ goes to the fabulous Lucinda Bartkaitas of LB Designs, who travelled as a guest of The Moreton Group. Lu is one gutsy photographer! ***